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Academic Advising

School of Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) Advising Syllabus

Advising Mission

In concert with the College of Communication and Information, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media’s faculty and staff understand and recognize the important role academic advising plays in a student’s educational experience and their undergraduate success.  Academic advising is promoted as a shared responsibility and an opportunity to enrich a student’s educational plans.  Academic advisors assist students with tailoring an academic program consistent with their interests, goals, career plans, and abilities within the criteria set by the college for completion of degree requirements. 

Student Learning Outcomes 

Students will demonstrate they know

·      Curricular requirements and course sequencing related to the journalism and electronic media program in order to graduate in a timely fashion

·      The career and professional development opportunities available as well as on-campus support for identification and exploration of career paths

·      Academic policies and procedures

·      Campus resources and support systems that promote academic success

Students will demonstrate they can

·      Develop an academic plan and assess degree progress 

·      Critically reflect upon academic and career goals

·      Develop skills and strategies for academic success that include accessing and using institutional resources, policies, and procedures

·      Take responsibility for making decisions regarding their academic success

Students will demonstrate they value/appreciate

       The importance of academic planning and their role in the process

       The importance of enhancing their degree with co-curricular/extracurricular and inter/intracultural experiences

       Their responsibilities as educated citizens of UT and of a democratic, diverse, and global society

       The educational process and learning across the lifespan 

Advising Policy

Students who fall under any one of the following categories are required to meet with an advisor during fall and spring semesters:  1) students who have earned fewer than 30 hours at UT-Knoxville; 2) students who are following exploratory tracks; 3) students who are identified as “off track” by uTrack; 4) students on Academic Probation.  All other students are required to meet with an advisor during a designated term each year.  Students whose ID numbers ends in an even digit are required to meet with an advisor during fall semester.  Students whose ID numbers ends in an odd digit are required to meet with an advisor during spring semester.  Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor at any point during a term or academic year. 

Journalism and Electronic Media (JEM) students should review carefully the prescribed curriculum for the JEM major and should choose courses in accordance with the requirements for the major.  The student, not the advisor, bears the ultimate responsibility for educational planning, selecting courses, meeting course prerequisites, and adhering to policies and procedures.

Student Expectations 

    Schedule and attend an advising appointment. 

    Cancel any advising appointment you are unable to attend.

    Review the curriculum for the JEM major prior to meeting with an advisor.

    Review your academic history and/or degree audit report (DARS).

    Write down a tentative plan for next semester.

    Come prepared to ask questions and participate in your advising.

    Consult with your advisor about your academic progress, changes in your academic, educational, or career goals, plans for study abroad, academic policies and procedures (i.e., course withdrawal, repeating a course, grade replacement, transferring credits from another institution, residency requirements).

    Discuss with your advisor any specific concerns about your program and current classes.

    Consult with your advisor before making changes to your academic plan.

    Read e-mails and follow up on information from your advisor.   

Advisor Expectations

    Be accessible during the advisor’s office hours

    Provide accurate information

    Assist in planning an academic program that is consistent with your academic and educational goals and your abilities

    Understand the JEM curriculum and graduation requirements for the major

    Monitor your progress in your program and keep accurate records

    Discuss university and college requirements, academic policies and procedures

    Acquaint you with services and programs provided by the college and the university

    Provide referrals when, and if, special needs are identified

    Respect your right to privacy of educational records and confidential information 

Advising Steps for Success

   Attend all class meetings and get to know your professors

   Read your UT e-mail regularly

   Develop good study habits

   Seek academic assistance early, if needed

   Review your grades and academic history on MyUTK at the end of each semester

   Contact your advisor if needing assistance or having questions about your program


Advising Resources and Academic Services

   Center for Career Development

   Counseling Center


   Office of Disability Services

   Programs Abroad Office

   Student Success Center 

Advising Appointments

To schedule an advising appointment, please contact Dr. Ben Bates, the designated special advisor for the School of Journalism and Electronic Media for spring 2015. You can reach him by email ( or phone (865-974-4013)